Emergency Services Unit

With the implementation of Provincial Adequacy Standards, the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service put into operation an Emergency Services Unit in 1998.  It is the tactical unit of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.  It is mandated to deal with high risk situations like gun calls, hostage taking, barricaded persons, emotionally disturbed persons, high risk arrests and warrant service, and protection details.  They respond to emergency and high-risk situations that occur outside the scope of duties of responding patrol units and support the Service's Canine Unit.

However, members of the Emergency Services Unit also participate in every day patrol functions and augment staffing within the City of Sault Ste. Marie and Township of Prince.  They patrol in a proactive, reactive, and crime preventative manner while enforcing all federal, provincial, and municipal statutes along with all uniform patrol officers.

Emergency Services Unit members must maintain the highest level of physical agility and personal health at all times in order to meet the crisis challenges of tactical situations.

Training is an intense, ongoing process.  Members attend the Basic Tactical Orientation Course hosted by the Toronto Police Service's Emergency Task Force which is five weeks in length.  This is followed by regular and specialized training in weaponry and skills such as rappelling, hostage rescue, and crisis intervention first response.  It is their goal to provide an effective response using the minimum amount of force.

Members of the Emergency Services Unit are often equipped with specialized firearms and utilize equipment including heavy body armour, ballistic shields, entry tools, and vehicles.

We are proud to announce that a new Tactical Armoured Response and Rescue Vehicle was recently purchased by the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service. We would like to acknowledge and thank Essar Steel Algoma, Inc. for their major contribution towards this armoured vehicle.

This new vehicle will assist the Emergency Services Unit to continue to resolve critical incidents in a manner that will further minimize the possibility of injury to the public, police, and suspects as well.

 

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